Break Out of Your Cage and Stop Being a Human Zoo Animal

The human body is capable of doing a wide variety of movements, in a variety of environments. But my guest today argues that most modern people only do a few movements each day, commonly find themselves stuck in sterile surroundings, and that these confinements are sapping our physical and psychological health.

His name is Erwan Le Corre and he’s the founder of the MovNat physical fitness system and the author of the book The Practice of Natural Movement: Reclaim Power, Health, and Freedom. Today on the show Erwan explains what natural movement is, and our amazing human potential for walking, running, balancing, jumping, crawling, climbing, swimming, lifting, carrying, throwing, catching, and self-defense. We then discuss the cultural forces that have disconnected us and our children from our ability to perform these natural movements, and have turned us into “zoo humans.” Erwan and I then dig into the benefits of engaging with natural movements, from improved mental and physical health to a greater sense of freedom. We end our conversation with Erwan’s actionable advice on how you can easily incorporate more natural movement into your daily life.

Show Highlights

  • What is “natural movement”? How does it fit in with MovNat?
  • The “zoo human” predicament
  • Movement poverty, and how it’s come about
  • Why you should work on these movements, even if you don’t “need” them
  • The psychological problems that come with movement poverty
  • What are the cultural forces that have prevented people from developing natural movements?
  • The physical and aesthetic benefits of natural movement exercises
  • Specialization vs. general fitness
  • Overcoming the “weirdo” factor of practicing natural movements
  • How our over-parenting culture is hurting kids’ physical development
  • What you can do today to start incorporating natural movement into your life

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